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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

We strongly prefer that you apply electronically. You can also download a paper application or request one from the Office of Admissions via e-mail (lawadmissions@fordham.edu) or phone (212-636-6810).

More information about the Application Procedure can be found here.

Can I apply to the full-time day and part-time evening programs at the same time?

No. You can only apply to one program per admissions cycle. If your original application is declined, you may submit a written request to be reconsidered for the alternate program.

How much is the application fee?

The application processing fee is $70.

Does Fordham offer fee waivers?

In order to apply for a need-based fee waiver, please fill out the fee waiver application. In addition to the form, please include a copy of one of the following documents: (1) Pell award letter, (2) Most recent W-2, or (2) Current pay stub.

We also provide fee waivers for those who have served in the U.S. military, Teach for America, AmeriCorps, or Peace Corps. In order to apply for a service-based fee waiver, please submit a letter of service.

You may e-mail (lawadmissions@fordham.edu), fax (212-636-7984), or mail materials to the Office of JD Admission.

If approved for a fee waiver, you will be granted a fee waiver code via e-mail so you can apply electronically through LSAC.org.

NOTE: (1) We do not provide merit-based fee waivers and (2) Transfer applicants are not eligible for fee waivers.

When are applications accepted?

Full-time and part-time applications will be accepted between September 15, 2019 and March 15, 2020.

Visiting applications for the spring semester will be accepted between October 15, 2019 and December 16, 2019.

Transfer applications will be accepted between March 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020.

Visiting applications for the fall semester will be accepted between March 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020.

Does Fordham have an Early Action program?

Fordham has an Early Action program for the traditional full-time, day and part-time, evening programs. Although it is not binding, you must qualify. To qualify, you must submit your completed application, including your valid LSAT score, by October 15, 2019. For the 2019-2020 cycle, the last LSAT we will accept is September 21, 2019. You will be notified by December 15, 2019 as long as your file is completed and ready for review.

 

Does Fordham have an Early Decision program?

No, we do not have an Early Decision program.

How long does it take to process applications?

Generally, applications for the full-time and part-time programs are processed within two weeks.

When can I expect to be notified about my application?

We make decisions on a rolling basis — in the order in which they become complete — so it's advantageous to apply sooner rather than later. Applicants will receive a decision approximately 6-8 weeks after the completion date. Applications received on or around Law School calendar breaks will take additional processing time. Applicants can also check their status here.

Does Fordham accept transfer and visiting students?

Yes. Applications for transfer and visiting students may be submitted from March 15, 2020 to June 30, 2020 for the Fall 2020 term. Transfer and visiting applications are considered during the latter part of July and applicants will typically receive a decision during the first week of August. For visiting students only, applications may also be submitted from October 15, 2019 to December 16, 2019 for the Spring 2020 term.

More information about the transfer and visiting processes can be found here.

Do you offer advanced standing for foreign-trained applicants/lawyers?

No. We do not offer advanced standing for foreign-trained applicants/lawyers.

Does Fordham have spring enrollment?

Aside from visiting students, we only enroll full-time, part-time, and transfer students in the fall.

Does Fordham offer applicant interviews?

Due to our large applicant pool, we are unable to offer evaluative interviews. However, the Office of Admissions has an open door policy on weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Applicants are welcome to stop by and meet with an Admissions Officer.

 

What are the median LSAT and GPA for admitted students?

The entering full-time day class for 2019 had a median LSAT of a 164 and a GPA of a 3.65. The entering part-time evening class for 2019 had a median LSAT of a 161 and a GPA of a 3.58. 

Do you have any recommendations for LSAT prep?

Khan Academy is the Official LSAT Prep.

Can I apply before I've taken the LSAT?

Yes. If you apply and are registered for a future LSAT, your application will automatically be held until we receive your score. Even if you have an LSAT score on file and are registered for a future LSAT, your application will still be held. To release the hold and move forward with your current LSAT score(s), please e-mail lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu with your request.

How long is my LSAT score valid for?

Five years. Please contact LSAC for specific information surrounding your test dates. Expired LSATs will not appear on your CAS report. For the 2019-2020 cycle, applicants must have taken the LSAT on or after June 2015 but no later than March 2020.

Does Fordham accept the GRE?

No, not at this time.

What type of majors does Fordham look for?

We admit students from all types of backgrounds — from political science to biology to performing arts and everything in between.

Is there a specific topic for Fordham's personal statement?

No, the topic is completely up to you. We ask that your personal statement not exceed two pages, double spaced.

Can I submit an addendum to my application?

Yes. You can submit an addendum as part of your application. Please send any addendum or updates to lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu. 

How can I check the status of my application?

After you apply, you will receive access to an online status checker.

Does Fordham utilize a waitlist?

Yes. The size of the waitlist varies from year to year and it is not ranked. Admission from the waitlist can occur as early as May and as late as the day before Orientation in August.

Can I defer my acceptance?

Fordham grants one-year deferrals on a case-by-case basis and they are binding. We only grant two-year deferrals if you have made a commitment to a program with a two-year time frame (e.g. Peace Corps, Teach for America, etc.).

How does the application reconsideration process work?

If you received an unfavorable decision on your application, you can request reconsideration of your application. Please submit your request in writing to lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu and indicate the division you would like to be reconsidered for. The reconsideration process take place in early August.

Does Fordham offer tours of the law school campus?

Yes. We have guided tours, in addition to information sessions, which you can regitser for online. If tours are not posted or you're unable to attend during the scheduled days/times, you're welcome to take a self-guided tour during office hours (Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM). Please visit the Office of Admissions beforehand to pick up a guidebook.

Does Fordham offer housing to students?

Yes. Students may apply for rooms in McMahon Hall on the Lincoln Center campus. The Law School also has access to apartments on the west side of Manhattan. Please visit the section on Residential Life for more information.

Can I meet with an Admissions Officer?

Yes. The Office of Admissions has an open door policy on weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. No appointment is necessary. If you are visiting during the holiday season, please check the University calendar for closures. In the summer, Fordham is closed for six Fridays, starting immediately after July 4.

Can I speak to an Admissions Officer on the phone?

Yes. Please call 212-636-6810 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM on weekdays.

Which courses are required at Fordham?

A list of required courses can be found under section IV on the Academic Regulations page of our website.

How many credits are needed to complete the JD program?

83.

What does a typical schedule look like for full-time day students?

Full-time students are expected to be available Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Full-time students will be assigned four classes — Legal Writing & Research and three fundamental classes.

What does a typical schedule look like for part-time evening students?

Part-time students are expected to be available Monday through Thursday from 6:00 PM to 9:45 PM. Part-time students will be assigned three classes — Legal Writing & Research and two fundamental classes.

Does Fordham have any dual degrees?

Yes, we have three dual degrees: JD/MBA, JD/MSW, and JD/MA (IPED). More information about these programs can be found here.

Do you allow prospective students to sit-in on classes?

Unfortunately, due to space limitations, we are only able to allow admitted students to sit in on classes. If you’re an admitted student, please e-mail lawadmitted@law.fordham.edu with your request.

How much is tuition?

More information about tuition can be found on the Tuition and Cost of Attendance page of our website.

Does Fordham offer scholarships?

Yes, more information about scholarships can be found on the Fordham's Financial Aid page of our website.

Can I connect with alumni?

Yes, please visit the Worldwide Chapters page of our website.

Am I eligible for admission if I was academically dismissed from another law school?

No — regardless of the timeframe from dismissal.

If I'm not admitted, can I reapply?

Yes. You are welcome to reapply the following cycle. We encourage reapplicants to update their resume, personal statement, and/or letters of recommendation.

Where can I find the Bar Admissions Requirements?

The American Bar Association (ABA Standard 504) advises applicants that there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar and encourages each applicant prior to matriculation in a Juris Doctor (JD) program to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which the applicant intends to practice. For more information, contact the American Bar Association, 750 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611 or at 312-988-5000.

ABA Eligibility

New York State Bar Exam Eligibility

Can I request a viewbook to be sent in the mail?

Yes, you can request a viewbook online.

JD Admissions

Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street, Suite 4-104, New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6810

Fax: 212-636-7984

Email: lawadmissions@law.fordham.edu